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July 6, 2018

You Are Loved

By: Michelle Ankrum [Marshalltown, IA]

Last summer at a youth conference, I started talking to Katie, a college mentor in our dorm.

Eventually, I felt comfortable telling her about my depression and other issues in my life.

She looked at me and asked, “Michelle, what do you like to do?” I told her I wrote poetry. “Let’s hear it,” she said.

Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.
Colossians 3:14 (CEV)


She listened intently as I read one of my poems. When I finished she smiled and said, “You are talented.” Then she sang a song she had written, and I felt the lyrics were just for me: “You are loved. You are worth it.”

Later, I pondered what I had heard: I’m talented! Katie had uplifted me. She cared about who I am and how I express myself. How can you uplift others with your gifts?


KEEP IT SIMPLE: I remember the people who have offered a hug when I needed one, who have smiled at me or spoken kind words that made me feel valued. Perhaps their kindnesses felt insignificant to them, but they have meant the world to me. In the same way, we can be generous with our time and our gifts. We can bless others with something as simple as a tissue or a listening ear. We can write a note or speak words of encouragement. Who needs your help today?

Cindy Shanks [Lancashire, United Kingdom]


Keep it Simple

I remember the people who have offered a hug when I needed one, who have smiled at me or spoken kind words that made me feel valued. Perhaps their kindnesses felt insignificant to them, but they have meant the world to me. In the same way, we can be generous with our time and our gifts. We can bless others with something as simple as a tissue or a listening ear. We can write a note or speak words of encouragement. Who needs your help today?

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